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Universities need to be brought under rating system PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

With the growing number of universities in the country, a system for evaluating performances of the higher seats of learning, public and private, has become urgently necessary in the country. This will enable the people to know the quality of each of these educational institutions.

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Govt hikes CNG autorickshaw, taxi fares PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government announced raised fares Saturday for CNG-run auto-rickshaws to Tk 6 a kilometre, non-AC taxicabs to Tk 8 and AC taxicabs to Tk 10, a government official said.

"The fares will be effective from today (Saturday)," additional secretary of the communications ministry ATK Ismail told bdnews24.com after a meeting at the communications ministry.

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EC sees end in sight after one year of dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Agency

Beginning April 26 last year, the Election Commission has met with representatives of civil society and media, and held two rounds of talks with 17 major political parties since September, on reform electoral law.

Election commissioner Sakhawat Hussain spoke to bdnews24.com as the dialogue process completed one year Saturday. The EC will start registering political parties by finalising necessary laws after the ongoing talks are concluded, Sakhawat said.

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Sheikh Hasina returns to special jail PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina was returned to special jail from Square Hospital Saturday, after 16 days of treatment.

Hasina was taken to the hospital on April 19 for a routine health check, but was admitted as

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Fixed prices push ship breakers into tight corner PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Agency

Government curbs on prices of construction materials have rattled businessmen, especially ship breakers, who run the risk of losing profit due to the "controversial" decision.

In the wake of spiralling prices, the government had fixed the prices of plates at Tk 52,000, 40-grade MS rod at Tk 60,000 and 60-grade MS rod at Tk 62,000 per tonne.

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Poor stopped from collecting rotten rice in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Staff Reporter

The government deployed troops at a dumping site near the country's main Chittagong port on Saturday to stop poor people from collecting rotten rice, officials said.

"The dumping site has been cordoned, and the relevant authorities have been asked not to dump rotten rice at unrestricted spots anymore," a security official said.

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121st Ctg Port Day Observed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Port’s operational activities to be privatized, growth positive

Staff Reporter

Chittagong Port Authority Chairman Commodore M Faruk Saturday said the operational activities of the port would gradually be handed over to private management.

“But the port machinery would not be allowed to be used by the private management after the privatisation,” Commodore M Faruk said while talking to journalists on the occasion of the port’s 121st founding anniversary.

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World Occupational Health, Security Day tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

1768 workers die at work in '07: Speakers

Staff Reporter

A total of 1768 workers were killed and another 1782 workers received serious injuries in their workplaces in the country in 2007, said the speakers at a press conference on Friday .

They said over 12 percent of the total population are engaged in unhygienic and unsafe work which is an obstacle to creating skilled and energetic workforce.

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Police file EPR case against Delwar supporters PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The police have filed a case under emergency powers rules against some 50 Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders and women lawmakers of BNP's pro-Delwar faction for staging a rally in front of the Election Commission, a police official said Saturday.

Sub-inspector of Tejgaon Police Station Deepok Kumar Paul filed the case Friday night. Assistant police inspector Sirajul Islam told bdnews24.com Saturday: "The case has been filed against a number of leaders and lawmakers of one faction of the BNP, for breaching security by holding a rally in front of the EC on Apr 17."

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Nation leaning too much towards consumerism: BB governor PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Bangladesh Bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed has said the country is leaning too much towards a consumer society, and the affluent spend too much on luxuries instead of aiding the poor, reports agency.

He asked banks and major companies Saturday to start directly benefiting society instead of concentrating only on profit, in view of the added hardships being faced by the poor.

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Chinese rail link to Nepal via Tibet in five years PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - China will extend its railway link from Tibet to Nepal's border in five years, Nepali officials said on Saturday, bringing the traditionally friendly nations closer and boosting trade and tourism.

The rail link with China could help Nepal reduce its heavy dependence on its giant southern neighbour India for everything from oil to motor parts and medicines.

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Fergie rests United stars for Chelsea clash PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

AFP, LONDON - Sir Alex Ferguson rested a host of stars including Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United's crucial title showdown against Chelsea on Saturday.

With United able to afford a defeat at Stamford Bridge and still stay top of the Premier League table on goal difference, Ferguson opted to give priority to next Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

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Karzai criticizes U.S.-British conduct of Afghan war PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK - Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the U.S. and British conduct of the war in Afghanistan, telling The New York Times in an interview published on Saturday his government must be accorded the lead in policy decisions.

Karzai told the newspaper he wanted U.S. forces to stop arresting suspected Taliban members and their sympathizers, saying that fear of arrest along with past mistreatment were discouraging them from coming forward and laying down their arms.

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Zimbabwe opposition claims parliamentary victory PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

AFP, HARARE - Zimbabwe's main opposition party said Saturday it had retained a historic victory over President Robert Mugabe's ruling party and accused the authorities of stepping up a campaign of violence.

The Movement for Democratic Change said a recount in 23 of the country's 210 constituencies had confirmed its victory in the March 29 elections.

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China keen to build Rooppur nuclear power plant PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Friday said Bangladesh-China peaceful nuclear power cooperation can be built on the China-Pakistan model as China wanted to get involved in Rooppur nuclear power plant, reports UNB.

"Our governments signed letter of exchange to construct an Exhibition Centre in Bangladesh. Furthermore, he has offered to us a 60 million yuan as free grant for this year," he informed.

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Diarrhoeal patients on rise in city PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

The number of diarrhoeal patients, mostly children, is on the rise in the city due to the sweeping mild heat wave and short supply of pure water, reports UNB A total of 408 people visited International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh ICDDR,B with complaints of stomach upset Friday till 5pm.

"The number might go up to 560 by midnight," Dr Shahdat Hossain, head of the longer stay unit of ICDDR,B, told UNB Friday. He said some 556 people with the same complaint visited the ICDDR,B in 24 hours till Thursday midnight, while the same number of patients visited it Wednesday.

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World food fears mount as rice prices hit record PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Concerns about food security mounted on Thursday, as rice prices hit records in Asia and the United Nations warned that staples for the world’s hungry were getting much more expensive, reports Reuters.

In the United States, Bush Administration officials downplayed notions of food shortages amid reports of worried buyers stocking up on rice in major chain stores.

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India, Pakistan to buy natural gas from Turkmenistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

India and Pakistan yesterday committed themselves to buying natural gas from Turkmenistan despite cost of laying pipeline from the Central Asian nation doubling to 7.6 billion dollar and the energy-hungry countries close to striking a deal for a rival line from Iran, reports PTI.

The South Asian neighbours and Afghanistan signed the Framework Agreement with Turkmenistan for laying the line by 2015. Two-days of deliberation of the Steering Committee of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline, that has the U.S.

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‘South-south coop booming’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

South-South trade had surpassed 2 trillion U.S. dollars in 2006, with the volume of exports showing a three-fold increase in 1996-2006, according to statistics released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) at its quadrennial meeting being held here from April 20 to 25, reports Xinhua.

“The rapid growth of China, India, Brazil and others and the rising fortunes of the new South, meant that the old adage ‘when the United States catches a cold, the rest of us get double pneumonia’ was no longer true,” said Robert Davies, deputy minister for trade and industry of South Africa, at a roundtable about South-South trade held during the Accra meeting of the UNCTAD.

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‘Immigration has benefited British economy’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

High levels of immigration over the past 10 years have been beneficial for the British economy by lowering both inflation and interest rates, according to a new report by the London-based think tank, The Work Foundation, reports PTI.

The report published said skills and labour shortages have been avoided and the economy has been kept on a stable growth path by immigration.

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Canada warned of food crisis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

The food crisis that is sweeping quickly in parts of the world could also hit Canada at some time in the future, head of the Consumers’ Association of Canada Mel Fruitman warned here yesterday, reports Xinhua.

Although Canada’s food costs are currently among the lowest in the world, the situation may change, especially at a time when oil prices keep rising, Fruitman told Canadian Television.

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